Grid computing way of future: scientist

Oracle's unveiling this week of a version of its database for grid computing is in step with the way future data processing will be done, says a local Oracle user.

Oracle’s unveiling this week of a version of its database for grid computing is in step with the way future data processing will be done, says a local Oracle user.

The Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences IT manager, Graham Alderwick, says that while the institute is an Oracle database site and also uses grid computing internally, “we don’t use them together as yet”.

He hadn’t heard much about Oracle’s 10g database, unveiled at the OracleWorld user conference in San Francisco and to be released next year, which has grid or utility-based operation as its central feature.

“We use the enterprise version of 9i and it’s more than adequate for our needs at the moment.”

The institute uses a Beowulf Cluster of processors and while Alderwick wasn’t in a position to comment in detail on Oracle’s latest offering, he says grid or utility computing is definitely the way of the future.

“There’s a limit to how much you can do with a single cluster and the days of everyone going out and buying a Cray [supercomputer] are over.”

Oracle boss Larry Ellison, in an interview with Computerworld US, talks of 10g’s grid computing capabilities as an extension of clustering technology.

“We started the clustering quest almost 14 years ago. In Oracle Version 6, we built the foundation of the system but never got it fully working. With every release, it got a little bit better. Now with 10g, you really can cluster across lots of machines, and we have the management tools to go along with it.”

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